Tracklist: 1. In the Beginning Was the Scream 09:13 2. Murder of... 12:12 3. 10,000 Birds of Black Hot Fire 09:03 4. Storytelling of Ravens 06:24 5. Crow Hymn 15:01 6. Carry On, King of Carrion 06:26 7. And It Came to Pass That Birds Rain Down As Black Snakes 06:34
Members: Gentry Densley - Throat, Baritone Guitar, and Several Amps (Ascend, Iceburn) Tyler Smith - Drums, Broken Sticks, and Grizzly Spit (Form of Rocket)
"Eagle Twin is my new favorite band!" - Greg Anderson | Sunn О)))
Eagle Twin is a band that, judging from the name of the band itself, the album, and the song names, likes birds. 5/7 of the song titles directly have to do with birds, have the word "bird", or have the name of a bird in them. But hey, it's better than Bongzilla's obsession with pot.
Now, for the music. This is a rumbling amalgamation of drums, bass, guitar, and howling vocals. The first thing that can be drawn about the album after an initial listen is that, often times, one cannot discern where the guitars end and the bass begins. Which, seeing as this is a quite proficient sludge band, is a good thing. Every song is like a merging of Kyuss and the song "Black Sabbath". Actually, this band is very much like what would happen if Kyuss and Sleep had an obese child. Everything is slower, heavier, and more overwhelming than either of those bands.
That's not to say that "The Unkindness of Crows" doesn't have its drawbacks. The music can get rather repetetive, such as on "Murder Of..." and "Storytelling of Ravens". Although, I guess that's to be expected from a doom/sludge band. The ambient section in the opening track could have been shortened, also.
The best track on the album is by far "Carry On, King of Carrion". This song is the "different" track, the one that stands out. Probably because of the clean, western sounding intro. Gentry croons a tale of a mystical birdlord with a palace made of roadkill and a moat of teeth. That has to be one of the most "metal" lyrical themes I've ever heard. A southern, bluesy sounding drone from the electric guitar slowly ousts the clean guitar and brings the song up to a clear stoner mindset. The song just emits an aura of pure badass all the way through. It actually reminds me of old southern rock bands in the balls out way the song is presented. In the second half of the song, Gentry occasionally howls like a bluesman who is meeting his final fate at the hands of the devil he sold his soul to as a teen.
This album netted a 90%, but it gets an extra three for having the coolest album name I've ever heard.
Overall, the high point of this album is the unique vocals. They don't suck like sludge singers usually do.
Standout Tracks: "King Of Carrion", "Crow Hymn", "And It Came To Pass..."
Recommended to: Fans of good doom, sludge, and/or stoner metal, and even to some fans of southern-tinged metal.